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SLC Mayor proposing LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mayor Ralph BeckerSalt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is proposing a new city ordinance that includes protections for sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

The public discussion draft is based on a July report by the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission that provides “factual confirmation of the harms caused by discriminatory practices.”

The ordinance would ban discrimination in the areas of employment, public accommodations and housing. It specifically exempts religious organizations from enforcement of the ordinance.

The draft recognizes that neither federal or Utah state laws prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, and states the purpose of the ordinance is to “prevent the harms to both the individual and our community caused by discriminatory practices.

The Mayor plans to introduce a final version of the bill to the city council in mid-September.

If passed, the ordinance would represent a significant step in Utah, home to the Mormon church, which has been the subject of outrage and protests from the LGBT community over its involvement and financial support for California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage.

Becker, 57, (pictured) is a Democrat.

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1 more reader comments:

  1. I find it interesting. I think this would be a good step, if only evryone would take it. Mayor Becker is on the right track though, however, hows he going to go about enforcing it? Hate unfortunately is part of us as humans. Sick but true and Im just curious… Hows he going to enforce it? he can’t hear everything everyone says and not everyone will turn someone over. Specially if they share the same beliefes on the subject.

    Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009 at 9:08am